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Framing With Sinedots: A Square Frame
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Framing With Sinedots: A Square Frame
Created by: Cassandrablue

Sineframe Image
Many people admire the shapes created by the Sinedots filter, but can't think of ways to use them. This tutorial will show you how to make a simple frame using a sinedots image.

Download the attachments for this tutorial  Download File

You will need Dragonfly's Sinedots II filter. If you don't already have it you can download it here. Put the filter in your plugins folder, or a sub-folder.

Also download the zip file on the left which contains the .cfg file needed to complete the tutorial and the photo that I use in the tutorial; you can, of course, use an image of your own.

Create a folder called 'sinedots cfgs' (or any name that you'd like to call it) in your Sinedots folder and put the .cfg file into it. (You can actually create the folder anywhere you like, but this way it keeps everything together and it's easy to remember where to find the presets).



Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Step 1

Firstly, we are going to create a new image on which to make the sinedots shape. For this tutorial, the shape of the image will be tall and narrow, but if you make other frames later, using different presets, you may want to experiment with the size and shape.

Go to File || New. In the 'New Image' dialog box, change the settings as follows:
– Width = 80 pixels
– Height = 200 pixels
– Resolution = 72 pixels/inch
– Background color = Transparent
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit)

After making these settings, click on the OK button.

Open Configuration File

Step 2

We now want to create the sinedots image that we are going to use for making our frame: Go to Effects || Plugin Filters || Dragonfly || Sinedots II.

To open the preset, click on the 'open' button, in the bottom centre section of the screen (arrowed). Use the navigation box that appears to locate the folder that you created for your cfgs and open the "sg_purple-bow.cfg".

To open the dropdown list of presets that the cfg contains, click on the little arrow of the drop-down list above the buttons (circled). I have included some other presets for you to play with, but for now choose the purple-bow from the list. You will be able to see the image in the preview window, but don't click on OK yet, we have one adjustment to make first.

Blend Modes

This preset has 'normal' as the blend. This gives the image a black background. For this tutorial we need the background to be transparent, so we need to change the blend. The Gamma slider can be left as it is. In this tutorial we will be changing the colour of the sinedots image from within PSP, so the colour can also be left as it is.

Open the dropdown list for the 'blend' (centre right of the screen) and choose 'screen' from the dropdown list.

The area surrounding the image will now change to transparent. You will be able to see this in the preview window. Now click on OK.

The sinedots image should look like this. I have made the screenshot with a white background, so that it is easier to see, yours should be on a transparent background.

Standard Toolbar - Copy button

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Step 3

Next we will copy the image and paste it onto a larger canvas. Go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C).

Now we want to open a larger image, so go to Edit || New. In the 'New Image' dialog box, change the settings as follows:
– Width = 400 pixels
– Height = 400 pixels
– Resolution = 72 pixels/inch
– Background color = Transparent
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit)

After making these settings, click on the OK button.


Go to Layers || New Raster Layer, then to Edit || Paste || As New Selection (Ctrl+E).

Place the image at co-ordinates (5,5) (the co-ordinates can be seen at the bottom left corner of the screen. Deselect (Ctrl+D). We will now be working on this larger image, so the original sinedots image is no longer needed and you can close it.

Activate the bottom layer ('Layer 1') and flood fill with a colour that isn't too hard on the eyes and that your sinedots image shows up against. The colour can be changed later if necessary, for now we just want to make it easier to see the sinedots image. I have flood-filled with black.


Step 4

In this step we will make the frame by duplicating the sinedots layer and manipulating in various directions.

Go to Layers || Duplicate, then to Image || Flip (Ctrl+I).


Standard Toolbar - Toggle Layer Palette button     Layer Palette - Layer visibility off

Open the Layer palette if not already open, and turn off the visibility of the bottom layer ('Layer 1') by clicking the glasses of that layer, a red X will cover the glasses.

Go to Layers || Merge || Merge visible.

You can leave the visibility of the bottom layer turned off for now, as we have a little bit more duplicating and merging of layers to do.


Next we want to make the other side of the frame.

Go to Layers || Duplicate, then to Image || Mirror (Ctrl+M), last to Layers || Merge || Merge visible.

You should now have the sinedots pattern down both sides of the frame. I have turned my background layer back on so that the screenshots are easier to see, yours will still be hidden.


Layer Palette-Layer visibility on

Now for the top and bottom of the frame:

Go to Layers || Duplicate, then to Image || Rotate (Ctrl+R).

Make sure that the 'All layers' box is unticked (we only want to rotate the duplicated layer, not the whole image). Rotate by 90 degrees – it doesn't matter in which direction.

Now go to Layers || Merge || Merge visible.

Double-click on the merged layer in the Layer palette and rename the layer 'frame'. Now you can click the glasses on the layer palette to remove the red X and make the background layer visible.


Tool Palette-Magic Wand tool

Step 5

In this step we are going to delete the centre of the image.

Make the bottom layer ('Layer 1') active. Double-click on the layer in the Layer palette and rename this layer 'border'.

With the Magic Wand, use these settings:
– Match mode = RGB Value
– Tolerence = 0
– Feather = 0
– Sample merged = checked

(With sample merge ticked, the Magic Wand treats the image as if it is one layer.)

Click in the centre of the image to select it. You should have the dotted selection lines (commonly known as marching ants) running around the inside edge of your frame.

Go to Selections || Modify || Expand and expand the selection by 1 pixel. Then go to Selections || Save To Alpha Channel, giving it any name that you like. (This just means that if you accidentally deselect before you should, it is easy to go to Selections and load it from the Alpha Channel.)

Press the Delete key. Your frame should now have a transparent centre. Don't deselect yet.


Layer Palette - Create layer button

Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button

Step 6

In this step we are going to add the picture.

Go to Layers || New Raster Layer, name the layer 'picture'. Then go to Layers || Arrange || Send to bottom.

You should now have three layers, 'frame', 'border' and 'picture'. Open the picture that you want to frame. As the frame is square your picture also needs to have sides of equal length, or it will become distorted.


I have included the picture used in this tutorial, in the download file with the sinedots preset. You are welcome to use it if you want to.

Go to Edit || Copy (Ctrl+C). You can close the picture now, as it is no longer needed.

With your frame image active, the inner square still selected and the 'picture' layer active, go to Edit || Paste || Into Selection.
Don't deselect yet.


     Tool Palette-Dropper tool

Tool Palette-Floodfill tool

Step 7

The purple and black are quite striking colours, but won't be suitable for all images so now we will change the colours. We will start with the border, so make the 'border' layer active.

Go to Selections || Invert. The selection lines should now run around both the outside edge and the inside edge of the frame.

Change the foregound colour in your palette to the colour that you want to use. You could use something contrasting with your picture, or use the Dropper tool to pick a colour from your image. I used #9B4C21. Flood-fill the selected border.

Now you can deselect.


We will change the colour of the 'frame' layer next, so make that the active layer. For this tutorial I am using PSP's Colorize function.

Go to Colors || Colorize. Only the centre of the image is visible in the preview window at the moment, click on the magnifying glass containing a minus sign (in the centre of the dialogue box) a few times to zoom out so that you can see the image. You can also click on the Autoproof button (just below the Zoom) to view any changes in your image, so you can see whether the frame colours go well with the border and picture.

Move the Hue and Saturation levels until you find a colour that you like, then click on OK. I used Hue = 15 and Saturation = 177.


To bring out the sinedots frame, we will add a drop shadow to the 'frame' layer: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow. Use these settings:
– Vertical and Horizontal Offset = 0
– Opacity = 60
– Blur=14.8
– Color = Black

This not only brings out the sinedots frame, the shadow around the inner edge gives some depth to the picture as well, so a cutout effect isn't needed.


     Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool

Finally we will give a textured edge to the frame: Go to Selections || Select All (Ctrl+A), then to Selections || Modify || Contract and contract the selection by 5 pixels. This brings the selection to the edge of the sinedots frame.

Now go to Selections || Invert, click on the 'border' layer in your Layer palette and flood-fill the selection with white.
Don't yet deselect.

Next go to Effects || Texture Effects || Sculpture and apply the Copper preset (or another preset of your choice) to the selection on the 'border' layer. The Copper preset is one of PSP's own presets and can be found in the dropdown list at the top of the dialogue box.

Now deselect (Ctrl+D) and merge all layers (Layers || Merge || Merge all [Flatten]).

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will go on to experiment using some different presets.